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BYLLIACE (Plaka) S Albania.

The site is on a low ridge on the coast at the N end of the Gulf of Valona. Inland is a large lagoon which is joined to the sea on the N of the site by a channel (aulon); after this channel Bylliace vzas renamed Aulon, the predecessor of the modern Valona. The site is separated now from the hinterland by a waste of sandy dunes, but in Roman times it was the terminal port of the Via Egnatia which ran from the Adriatic coast to Constantinople. Remains of walls survive on the ridge, along the shore and in the sea where there was once a built quay.


C. Patsch, “Das Sandschak Berat in Albanien” Schriften der Balkankommission, Antiquarische Abteilung, III (1904) 63; N.G.L. Hammond, Epirus (1967) 132f, 471f, 689f.


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